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The Plot to Save Socrates Audiobook

The Plot to Save Socrates

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Publisher's Summary

Paul Levinson's astonishing new science fiction novel is a surprise and a delight.

In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future. Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max. The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen's club in London and in New York, and into the past, and to a time traveler from her future, posing as Heron of Alexandria in 150 AD.

Complications, mysteries, travels, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history, or to do so herself. And she finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and Thomas Appleton, the great 19th century American publisher, to Socrates himself, appear. With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.

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What the Critics Say

"Light, engaging." (Publishers Weekly)
"A quick-to-read, entertaining treatment of the problems inherent in time travel with style and flair." (Booklist)

"A lively cast of historical figures populates this epoch-bending adventure, highly recommended especially for fans of alternate history novels." ( Library Bookwatch)

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    Paul Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom 17/02/2014
    Paul Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom 17/02/2014 Member Since 2011

    Listen to a couple of audiobooks each month while I go for a walk keeps me vaguely fit :o)

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    "A proper time travel romp!"
    Where does The Plot to Save Socrates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not exactly a top ten hit, but I'd say maybe 20th out of 100


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a surprisingly easy listen, I think it only took me one long journey, and I was there. I must admit I do love those little time travel quirks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sherry
    Oakland, CA USA
    18/05/07
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    "Not perfect, but enjoyable"

    I did really enjoy this book. It does jump around a lot, and I found myself confused from time to time. I could forgive that though; you just have to suspend disbelief and roll with it. I would also recommend reading Plato's Crito first if you can; I had read it for an Ethics class so the context gave the book extra interest for me. It's fairly short and can be found on the internet. I would recommend this book if you enjoy time travel science fiction, with an intelligent female lead character, and interesting and orginal historical connections.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Prescott, Arizona and Captain Cook, Hawaii
    30/01/07
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    "Time travel twister"

    I respectfully disagree with the other reviewers. I was thoroughly caught up in the time travel twists and turns. The characters WERE interesting and I did care what happened to them. It's also a chance to pick up a little Greek history along the way. All-in-all this is one of the most intriguing time travel novels I've read and kept me guessing till the end.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Colleen Fitzgerald
    GPW, MI
    08/06/06
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    "Don't waste a credit."

    This story jumps around so much that it is difficult to follow. The characters are so one dimensional that you really don't care what happens to them, which is good because you are not going to know. Way too many loose ends. Don't bother.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    El Paso, TX, United States
    06/10/11
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    "Fun and Historic"

    This is a very good read, and very good look at history also. Not to mention fun at times. With some twists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Chicago, IL, USA
    19/08/09
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    "mediocre writing ruins it"

    Time travel as a plot device can be tired, but this idea has a bit of originality to it--tied with the history of Greek philosophy. But mediocre writing (not awful but not good) made me bored enough that I haven't even finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lilian
    New Hope, PA, USA
    19/02/09
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    "Historical SF, loved it!"

    If you're not good at keeping up with movies that twist and turn, this book is not for you. A great fun read that keeps you moving through time and history and makes you constantly connect the dots, even as they circle back on themselves. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    phoenix, AZ, United States
    09/10/08
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    "twist and shout"

    WOW - that was fun trying to keep up with. The twists and turns gave a refreshing spin on my favorite topic - time travel.
    I can see this one being made for film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • marcotech
    Austin, TX United States
    21/07/06
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    "Show promise -didn't deliver"

    The idea for this time travel story looked interesting, but the book rambled, poor characterization, as well as many sructural flow problems and logic did not abound. I was quite disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • crooner
    13/03/16
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    "Difficult to follow."

    There was no real depth to any of the characters. I was unable to finish it and sent it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Ramona, Ca, United States
    11/01/14
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    "Unpredictable!"

    This book is one you want to listen to closely. Full of plot twists and creativity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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